Lesson 1 - First Dáil Éireann

Understanding 1917 & Beyond

Lesson 1 - First Dáil Éireann

After Sinn Féin’s victory in the 1918 general election, the elected members refused to attend parliament in Westminster, instead choosing to form a parliament in Dublin – the First Dáil Éireann (Irish for “Assembly of Ireland”).

Resources with links to Statutory Requirements



  • Review the resources and links in order to understand why Sinn Féin’s victory in the 1918 General Election was a significant factor in the establishment of the First Dáil and what the establishment of the First Dáil meant for the island of Ireland in the short and long term.
  • Using the information from the links as an example, prepare and complete a creative response to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic.

Opportunities for Cross Curricular learning

Using ICT

The resources examine the topic utilizing a number of different media, which serve to engage pupils with the material, challenging them to think more creatively and encourage discussion.

The resources could inspire tasks that would support presenting, researching, desktop publishing and working with sound.


The resources provide pupils with the opportunity to develop their talking and listening, reading and writing skills through independent learning and shared experience.

Opportunities for Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using the content, pupils have the opportunity to investigate meaning, explore ideas and analyse the information they are provided with. Within their individual learning, through group work and by questioning ideas, there is ample scope within the materials to include a focus on TS & PC. For this section, the following strands from the TS & PC framework are the most obvious to consider:

Managing Information

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • use their own and others’ ideas to locate sources of information;
  • select, classify, compare and evaluate information;
  • select the most appropriate method for a task; and
  • communicate with a sense of audience and purpose.

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • make links between cause and effect; and
  • use different types of questions.

Being Creative

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • experiment with ideas and questions;
  • learn from and value other people’s ideas; and
  • take risks for learning.

Working with Others

Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • listen actively and share opinions;
  • give and respond to feedback;
  • be fair;
  • respect the views and opinions of others and reach agreements using negotiation and compromise; and
  • suggest ways of improving their approach to working collaboratively.


Pupils have the opportunity to:

  • be aware of their personal strengths, limitations and interests;
  • organise and plan how to go about a task;
  • focus, sustain attention and persist with tasks;
  • review learning and some aspect that might be improved;
  • learn ways to manage their own time; and
  • compare their own approach with others’ and in different contexts.

Opportunities to develop

Possible Task

Using brainstorming software, create a diagram that represents the structure of the Dáil.

Working in pairs, research the constitution of the first Dáil Éireann and create a diagram that explains how the Dáil is structured. You should also annotate the diagram with what you see as the most important details of the constitution.

Areas of Learning: Environment and Society (History), Learning For Life and Work (Local and Global Citizenship)

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